Formerly the property of Sarah, Duchess of York,1988 Jaguar XJ-S V12 Convertible   Chassis no. SAJJNADW3DA150787 Engine no. 85059258HA
Lot 147
Formerly the property of Sarah, Duchess of York,1988 Jaguar XJ-S V12 Convertible Chassis no. SAJJNADW3DA150787 Engine no. 85059258HA
Sold for £13,800 (US$ 22,876) inc. premium
Lot Details
Formerly the property of Sarah, Duchess of York
1988 Jaguar XJ-S V12 Convertible
Registration no. Registration no. E600 NKV
Chassis no. SAJJNADW3DA150787
Engine no. 85059258HA

Footnotes

  • Conceived as a comfortable and long-legged Grand Routier, rather than an out-and-out sports car like the preceding E-Type, the XJ-S made use of the Jaguar XJ6/XJ12 saloon platform and running gear. Shorter in the wheelbase than its saloon siblings, the XJ-S debuted as a V12-powered coupé, with six-cylinder and soft-top versions following in the 1980s. The car's 150mph performance was not achieved without penalty however, its prodigious thirst causing sales to nosedive as oil prices soared. However, the arrival of the HE (High Efficiency) V12 in 1981 and the introduction of the smaller six enabled it to weather the storm. The introduction of the six-cylinder model in 1983 coincided with that of the Targa-style cabriolet - the first open Jaguar since the E-Type's discontinuation - but it was not until 1988 that a full convertible became available.

    Jaguar's first response to demands for an open-top XJ-S was somewhat conservative in engineering terms. The XJ-S had not been designed with an open version in mind, so the Targa-style arrangement was adopted, which retained a substantial roll hoop in the interests of maintaining rigidity in the absence of a fixed roof. Essentially an exercise in niche marketing to test public reaction, the Cabriolet's production was entrusted to outside specialist contractors, with bodyshells being transported back and forth across the Midlands before returning to the Brown's Lane factory prior to final despatch. Following the Cabriolet's deletion, both the Coupé and conventional Convertible models lasted until the end of XJ-S production in 1996.

    This automatic transmission XJ-S V12 Convertible was first owned by Sarah, Duchess of York (Sarah Ferguson) and is similar to the one owned at the same time by HRH Diana, Princess of Wales. In September 2007 the car was totally restored and improved by marque specialists KWE, of Thatcham, West Berkshire, experts in the transformation of classic Jaguars that outperform new cars in looks, performance, reliability and driver-satisfaction. This beautiful XJ-S is offered with sundry restoration invoices, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5 registration document.
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